Series is a take-off of Casablanca. Rick there is Rocky here. American Cafe there is The Tambourine here. Rocky sounds a bit like Boggie, too. Great series set in Cairo.
August 20, 2021 Subject:
Atmosphere and mystery
Among the many mystery/detective shows, this one deserves greater attention Forgotten by most O.T.R. fans, the quality of writing and acting of the series, the exotic locale, factually correct culture, specially appropriate music, and most important, sound quality are pluses.
The sometimes flawed and similar plots ought not obscure the series' value. If there is one painful weak spot, it is the poor lines given to Rocky's foil, Greco.
Writer Gomer Cool also merits our appreciation. In his career he acted in film and tv, wrote scripts, headed a writers guild, and had his first name given to the tv character Gomer Pyle. Oh, and he lived to 103. Not a bad life!
February 20, 2020 Subject:
I love them up until George Raft steps in
He's...not an actor, really. He just reads his lines. He's terrible in films, but on radio he seems to sink even further. I'll bet he's reading his script for the first time as they were broadcast. Luckily there aren't that many Raft episodes.
March 13, 2017 Subject:
About a year ago I started to run out of OTR shows that I like to listen to, mostly crime ,detectives,thrilles ect.Eventually I came across this one that I had previously listened to but rejected, and after the series moved to Cairo I really started to enjoy it, the two lead actors ,Jack Moyles & Jay Novello were great together, now sadly it's come to an end.Just one point does anyone know if there is a site that lists newly discovered episodes of OTR shows?
July 24, 2015 Subject:
New ROCKY JORDAN Broadcast Log Available
A brand new broadcast log for the Old-Time Radio favorite amateur detective series
is available for viewing and downloading can be found at
just look for
ROCKY JORDAN (1948-1955) (PDF)
This broadcast log incorporates much information from recently discovered scripts and other network documentation.
October 9, 2014 Subject:
Who doesn't love Casablanca?
Everyone loves a film noir tough-guy-hero. I listen to a lot of talk radio and audio books, ... this is my all-time favorite. Love the fight scenes. The music and special effects are terrific. Even the old DelMonte tomato ads are great. You gotta try it out! This is much better than tv.
December 30, 2013 Subject:
A very unique show that even upon overlapping listens wont stop me from listening all the way through again,still able to glean great entertainment value on the second listen. The writing is very good and surprisingly PC ,with a lot of respect and consideration to the folk of this part of the world. I really like the interaction that develops between Rocky and Captain Sam Sabaaya of the Cairo police. Lottsa inside jokes and character development really bring this one home to the theatre of my mind.
May 11, 2013 Subject:
Jay Novello rocks all over the OTR archives.
But he was best in Rocky Jordan.
A very enjoyable series.
May 6, 2013 Subject:
Rocky fans should check out Bold Venture
I have listened to all the Jordan episodes, most more than once. They are my favorite OTR, hands down. This show is the best of the best.
(I also recommend Richard Daimond, Pat Novak, and Phillip Marlowe For those new to the genre.)
I was surprised to learn that Bogart himself made a similar show called Bold Venture. Both radio shows are reminiscent of the film Casablanca. In Bold Venture, Bogart is a hotel owner in pre-revolution Havana who owns a charter boat, romances Lauren Bacall, and much adventure ensues. So far I have heard the first ten episodes or so, and they do not approach the stellar quality of Rocky Jordan, though other reviewers note the later episodes were top notch.
August 11, 2009 Subject:
I like listening to Jack Moyles as Rocky Jordan. The music fits the series really well. The sound effects are good along with the story line. I really enjoy spending the evening listening to the shows. They are exciting and have good plot twists. The setting of Cairo makes for good entertainment. I can picture the heat, sand and all the trouble Rocky gets into caused by himself or someone else.
I'm an old time radio aficianada, but nothing in my opinion even comes close to Rocky Jordan. The character of Rocky - most ably voiced by actor Jack Moyles - is a combination of Sam Spade, Dick Tracy and Rick Blaine from the movie Casablanca. He's hard-boiled, intelligent, and crafty and he doesn't mind taking a few hard knocks if it means solving the mystery - but the most enjoyable exchanges are with Captain Sam Sabaaya (Jay Novello) of the Cairo police. Rocky is the best, no doubt about it!
June 22, 2009 Subject:
I've really enjoyed listening to these programs. I enjoy mysteries but sometimes get tired of the private detective genre. This series is fun because Rocky Jordan runs a bar in Cairo and just ends up in mysterious events and intrigue. I'm not an expert, but I think these shows were very well done and extremely entertaining.